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NERF Bolt-Action Rifle the Second by turquoisedrag0n NERF Bolt-Action Rifle the Second by turquoisedrag0n
My second majorly-completed NERF rifle. The action works just like a traditional bolt-action rifle. It's gone through a couple of phases of operation. Orriginally, it was designed to be a lever-action rifle, but I decided against it just on complexity, as the parts would likely break unless I made them out of metal, which I'm not exactly set up to precision make. I also intended the bottom tube to function as a magazine to hold extra shots. This was abandoned after I discovered that the spring-loaded feeder tray, which brings the next shot out of the magazine and up to be loaded by the bolt closing, puts enough pressure on the darts that when the bolt is opened, the next dart literally flies out of the action.

So now it's a single-shot blowgun. I've got a bit of work left to do. Namely, making a flush, tighter seal between the bolt and barrel. After the aquisition of several key parts, I intent to convert it into a CO2 gun, using the retraction of the bolt to cock a hammer. This hammer will be released by a trigger and allowed to impact a solenoid valve, which will open for an instant, releasing a burst of CO2 gas behind the dart. After I have that system in place, I will add sights to the gun, as they would then able to be used.
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Deluga2000 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
I really would like to see how it works, partially because I was planning to make one almost all out of PVC. Is it possible you could post a sketch of the internals?
turquoisedrag0n Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Working on it now....Should be ready in a few.
SnowMonk Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very Nice. The look is fantastic with a nice stock and proper stock and good looking barrel. I may take some of your design ideas and implement them in a V2 of mine.
Very Nice.

turquoisedrag0n Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thanks a bunch. I got a fair amount of work to do on it yet. I might have to borrow your idea of a trigger system for mine. I think I was trying to way overengineer my setup for it. Yours is a lot simpler, and it looks like it works.

Sweet gun you got, too.
SnowMonk Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahaha, Being a mechanic we love this term.
KISS: Keep it Stupid Simple

All you need for mine is an air-source, we have a 25 gal tank we put up to ~110 PSI and run around with that. Due to my barrel setup however, its fairly inaccurate. That is why I like your barrel setup, smooth-bore, longer, and aesthetically correct. My stock does not work the best aether, it needs to be lowered a fair amount.

Just have to get around that V2 of it sometime....
turquoisedrag0n Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Yeah, I'm all too familiar with the statement, as I attempt to break it regularly....

The gun itself is quite long, about maybe 5 feet long (about the length of rifles during, say, the 1800s). With that length, the shots are fairly accurate to about 100 feet as only a blowgun.

Probably gonna try and use the CO2 canisters sold for pellet guns as a gas source. Lightweight and easily replacable.
SnowMonk Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very Nice.
Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   General Artist
Now this I like a lot more, even a a replica it is more interesting it has a lot more moving parts. An even though it does not fire like a traditional rifle would, it is still a complex looking device, for a blow gun. :)
turquoisedrag0n Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Yeah, that it is. I got a much more complicated one in creation, though it is also on hold due to needing the same parts that I need for this one. I'll make sure to put up a pic of it once it's done. Maybe a WIP teaser of it as is lol.
Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   General Artist
I was going to say you should put a WIP of the parts before assembly and then finished product.
turquoisedrag0n Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I might. Though the general structure is all completed. I've got to get the mechanism built and working. As for a before pic, I guess I could make a pile of wood planks and piping lol.
Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   General Artist
Well there you go, when all else fails, fake it.
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